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    • Plato's Republic

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 551
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 507
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 502

    The Republic poses questions that endure: What is justice? What form of community fosters the best possible life for human beings? What is the nature and destiny of the soul? What form of education provides the best leaders for a good republic? What are the various forms of poetry and the other arts, and which ones should be fostered and which ones should be discouraged? How does knowing differ from believing?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Spectacular

    • By Benjamin Myers on 08-08-16

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    • Plato's Apology

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 1 hr
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 108
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      5 out of 5 stars 97
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 98

    Socrates is on trial for his life. He is charged with impiety and corrupting young people. He presents his own defense, explaining why he has devoted his life to challenging the most powerful and important people in the Greek world. The reason is that rich and famous politicians, priests, poets, and a host of others pretend to know what is good, true, holy, and beautiful, but when Socrates questions them, they are shown to be foolish rather than wise.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Ray Childs

    • By Jerry on 07-20-18

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    • Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy

    • By: Friedrich Nietzsche
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 3 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
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      4 out of 5 stars 19
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      4 out of 5 stars 18

    In this, his first book, Nietzsche developed a way of thinking about the arts that unites the Greek gods Apollo and Dionysus as the central symbol of human existence. Although tragedy serves as the focus of this work, music, visual art, dance, and the other arts can also be viewed using Nietzsche's analysis and integration of the Apollonian and the Dionysian. The Birth of Tragedy stands alongside Aristotle's Poetics as an essential work for all who seek to understand poetry and its relationship to human life.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • boring

    • By Tim Parsons on 11-08-16

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    • Plato's Gorgias

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 3 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 69
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70

    Gorgias of Leontini, a famous teacher of rhetoric, has come to Athens to recruit students, promising to teach them how to become leaders in politics and business. A group has gathered at Callicles' house to hear Gorgias demonstrate the power of his art. This dialogue blends comic and serious discussion of the best life, providing a penetrating examination of ethics.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great dialogue + good performance

    • By The Masked Reviewer on 01-07-17

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    • Plato's Meno

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 46

    A dialogue between Socrates and Meno probes the subject of ethics. Can goodness be taught? If it can, then we should be able to find teachers capable of instructing others about what is good and bad, right and wrong, or just and unjust.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Why Incomplete?

    • By Nelson Alexander on 08-27-16

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    • Plato's Euthyphro

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 60
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      5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 51

    In Euthyphro, Socrates is on his way to the court, where he must defend himself against serious charges brought by religious and political authorities. On the way he meets Euthyphro, an expert on religious matters who has come to prosecute his own father. Socrates questions Euthyphro's claim that religion serves as the basis for ethics. Euthyphro is not able to provide satisfactory answers to Socrates' questions, but their dialogue leaves us with the challenge of making a reasonable connection between ethics and religion.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Ray Childs is the bomb

    • By Danielle on 11-07-17

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    • Plato's Crito

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 49

    The Athenian court has found Socrates guilty and sentenced him to death. While he is waiting to be executed, his friend, Crito, comes to the prison to persuade him to escape and go into exile. Socrates responds by examining the essence of law and community, probing the various kinds of law and making distinctions that go far beyond the particular issue of whether or not Socrates should escape.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Bravo!

    • By Byron on 10-12-16

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    • Aristotle's Poetics

    • By: Aristotle
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49

    Aristotle's Poetics is best known for its definitions and analyses of tragedy and comedy, but it also applies to truth and beauty as they are manifested in the other arts. In our age, when the natural and social sciences have dominated the quest for truth, it is helpful to consider why Aristotle claimed poetry is more philosophical and more significant than history. Like so many other works by Aristotle, the Poetics has dominated the way we have thought about all forms of dramatic performance in Europe and America ever since.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • a careful reading of a great classic

    • By Aristobulus on 01-11-18

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    • Kant's Foundations of Ethics

    • By: Immanuel Kant
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    Kant published this work in 1795, during the aftermath of the American Revolution and the French Revolution. The high hopes of the European Enlightenment had been dampened by the Reign of Terror in which tens of thousands of people died, and the perpetual cycle of war and temporary armistice seemed to be inescapable. Kant's essay is best known as an early articulation of the idea of a league of nations that could bring an end to all hostilities. Today, the United Nations continues to pursue that dream, but lasting peace still seems to be wishful thinking.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perfect

    • By Chris Campbell on 10-18-18

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    • Plato's Phaedo

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55

    Socrates is in prison, sentenced to die when the sun sets. In this final conversation, he asks what will become of him once he drinks the poison prescribed for his execution. Socrates and his friends examine several arguments designed to prove that the soul is immortal. This quest leads him to the broader topic of the nature of mind and its connection not only to human existence but also to the cosmos itself. What could be a better way to pass the time between now and the sunset?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful

    • By Amazon Customer on 03-01-17

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    • Plato's Symposium

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
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      5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36

    The dramatic nature of Plato's dialogues is delightfully evident in Symposium. The marriage between character and thought bursts forth as the guests gather at Agathon's house to celebrate the success of his first tragedy. With wit and insight, they all present their ideas about love - from Erixymachus' scientific naturalism to Aristophanes' comic fantasy. The unexpected arrival of Alcibiades breaks the spell cast by Diotima's ethereal climb up the staircase of love to beauty itself.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • fantastic

    • By Aleksander on 11-09-16

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    • Plato's Ion

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 25
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      5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    Socrates questions Ion, an actor who just won a major prize, about his ability to interpret the epic poetry of Homer. How does an actor, a poet, or any other artist create? Is it by knowing? Is it by inspiration? As the dialogue proceeds, the nature of human creativity emerges as a mysterious process and an unsolved puzzle.

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    • The Function of Reason

    • By: Alfred North Whitehead
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    Whitehead presented these three lectures at Princeton University in 1929. Although 85 years have passed, his central thesis and his analysis remain remarkably current. The scientific materialism that Whitehead opposed with such vigor continues to dominate in academic circles, and even now those who question that worldview are often accused of being antiscientific. This is especially true in discussions of the nature of the human mind and its relation to the body (particularly the brain).

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Very dense. Prepare to utilize the back-30 button

    • By Scott Perry on 01-25-18

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    • Plato's Phaedrus

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 46

    Phaedrus lures Socrates outside the walls of Athens, where he seldom goes, by promising to share a new work by his friend and mentor, Lysias, a famous writer of speeches. This dialogue provides a powerful example of the dialectical writing that Plato uses to manifest ideas that are essential to human existence and to living a good life. Phaedrus shows how oral and written forms of language relate to each other and to philosophy.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Plato's probably mots poetical dialogue.

    • By Stefan Balan on 01-30-17

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    • Dao De Jing

    • By: Laozi
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 10
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      5 out of 5 stars 5
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      5 out of 5 stars 5

    The Dao De Jing exists on the border between poetry and philosophy, embracing both mythos and logos. Its poetic form can stand alone, but it is enriched when its timeless ideas are analyzed and explained through careful scholarship. For example: He who knows others is knowledgeable. He who knows himself is wise. These words resemble Socrates' account of his own quest in Plato's Apology.

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    • Descartes' Meditations

    • By: Rene Descartes
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    Rene Descartes is often described as the first modern philosopher, but much of the content of his Meditations on First Philosophy can be found in the medieval period that had already existed for more than a thousand years. Does God exist? If so, what is his nature? Is the human soul immortal? How does it differ from the body? What role do sense experience and pure reason play in knowing?

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Half-assed skepticism

    • By Dyllan Carignan on 08-02-18

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    • Hume's Dialogues

    • By: David Hume
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
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      4 out of 5 stars 11
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    David Hume's Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion had not yet been published when he died in 1776. Even though the manuscript was mostly written during the 1750s, it did not appear until 1779. The subject itself was too delicate and controversial, and Hume's dialectical examination of religious knowledge was especially provocative. What should we teach young people about religion? The characters Demea, Cleanthes, and Philo passionately present and defend three sharply different answers to that question.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great little audio book

    • By P. Jackson on 04-12-16

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    • Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous

    • By: George Berkeley
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14
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      4 out of 5 stars 13
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      4 out of 5 stars 13

    Berkeley uses the Socratic mode of inquiry in Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous to question fundamental beliefs about knowledge and reality. These dialogues are between Hylas (whose name is derived from the ancient Greek word for matter) and Philonous, whose name means "lover of mind". The new physical sciences developed in the 17th century supported the materialism proposed by Thomas Hobbes and several other philosophers.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Ray Childs at it again

    • By Aleksander on 05-07-17

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    • Plato's Greater Hippias

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 19
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      5 out of 5 stars 18
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      5 out of 5 stars 18

    Hippias of Elis travels throughout the Greek world practicing and teaching the art of making beautiful speeches. On a rare visit to Athens, he meets Socrates, who questions him about the nature of his art. Socrates is especially curious about how Hippias would define beauty. They agree that beauty makes all beautiful things beautiful, but when Socrates presses him to say precisely what he means, Hippias is unable to deliver such a definition.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What is Beauty???

    • By Samson Caudle on 07-26-17

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    • Mill's On Liberty

    • By: John Stuart Mill
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    Mill's thinking about freedom in civic and social life examines fundamental principles shared among conservative, liberal, and radical politicians. The life of true philosophy stands outside the political battles that are rampant in society and seeks the political wisdom that is necessary for a good life in any age. Mill's philosophical presentation and analysis of those principles stand alongside the reflections of Plato, Aristotle, Marcus Aurelius, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • What?

    • By John Hunter on 08-02-18

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